This simple hidden veggie pasta sauce is packed full of flavor. Loaded with your favorite fresh garden vegetables, this light and easy sauce is perfect for pasta!
This post was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated for content.
I love adding hidden veggies into different dishes, especially for my kids! Use all of your favorite veggies from the garden, the farmers market or the grocery store to make a delicious sauce that everyone will love! This sauce would be great on grilled pizza, homemade pasta or even lasagna!
🍅 Ingredient notes
- Fresh Vegetables - I like using zucchini, squash, bell peppers and tomatoes in this sauce. Other vegetables that would be great in this sauce are carrots, kale, eggplant, spinach or other squash varieties.
- Tomato Sauce - This recipe uses tomato sauce as a base for the sauce. Store bought or homemade marinara sauce could also be used.
- Fresh Herbs - To pack an extra flavorful punch, blend fresh basil, oregano or parsley into the cooked sauce. Dried herbs can also be used, but should be added when the veggies are being cooked down to give them time to release the flavors.
📋 Substitutions and variations
- Spicy - Dice up 1-2 fresh jalapeños and cook them with the other fresh vegetables to make this sauce spicy!
- Vegan - Omit the pecorino romano from the recipe to make this sauce vegan.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Chop all of the fresh vegetables and heat a large skillet with the olive oil on the stovetop. Cook the vegetables for about 10-15 minutes until they start to soften and cook down.
Lower the heat and stir in the tomato sauce. Allow the sauce to simmer for 20-25 minutes until the vegetables are soft and easily mashed. Blend the sauce, working in batches if needed, to the desired consistency.
Return the blended sauce to the pan and stir in the cheese and garlic powder. Use the sauce immediately for pasta or cool it completely and store for use later.
⭐ Expert tips
- Cut all of the fresh vegetables into similar sized pieces for even cooking.
- If you are pressed for time, cut the vegetables into small pieces, the smaller the vegetables are cut the faster they will cook.
- Use a high powered blender to help blend the sauce super smooth.
- When blending the sauce, make sure to start on low speed to prevent it from exploding out the top of the blender.
🥡 Storage suggestions
- This sauce produces approximately 2 quarts of sauce. If you are not using it right away, it should be cooled completely before storing it in airtight containers for later use.
- For easy use and quick defrosting, store the sauce in small quantities. Typically 1 ½ cups of sauce is used for 1 pound of pasta.
- This sauce will keep for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
- Let the sauce slowly defrost in the refrigerator or in a large bowl of cool water in the sink if you are short on time.
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